Published on January 25th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


LAMPAN shade drilling

Materials: LAMPAN lamps

Description: I do the lighting at a local contra dance (a type of American folk dance). To avoid the use of the hall’s ugly fluorescent lighting I use a number of incandescent lights, including IKEA LAMPAN and torchieres.

It’s evolved over the years, but currently I attach the LAMPAN to some pillars using bungee cords. These lamps have to be put up and taken down before/after each evening’s festivities. The lamps extend horizontally from the pillars, so the tops of the shades point out into the hall, towards the dancers.

To spruce up the LAMPAN, and to let a few more photons out into the dance hall, I decided to drill holes into the sturdy LAMPAN shade. First I drilled the sides of the shade. I found a pattern of holes about 1/3rd up from the base and on every other facet of the shade to work best. If you drill too many holes you see too much of the bulb, which defeats the purpose of a shade.

Then I decided to drill the initials of the dance, “Emerald City Contra Dance”>> “ECCD”, as a monogram thru the top of the shade. Using Adobe Photoshop to prep the files, I created templates that could be taped to the shade and then drilled thru. After one using a hand drill, a friend loaned me a compact drill press that made things a lot easier.

After the monograms, my efforts became more elaborate, but basically used the same process: prep template in Photoshop, then a lot of drilling.

~ J. Eric, Seattle

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8 Responses to LAMPAN shade drilling

  1. Eric (OP) says:

    1/32? The smallest I had. It’s not critical.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Do you mind sharing what size drill bit you used to achieve these designs at the top of the shade??

  3. Mägi says:

    Dude! These are fantastic.
    I’m really grateful for them.

  4. Deb says:

    I love your shade designs! Their simple, fun, and perfect for the setting :)

  5. Julie says:

    Great idea. I love the designs.

  6. Magnesium says:

    Very creative and inspiring ! Bravo !

  7. Anonymous says:

    that is totally cool. and I love the name Emerald City Contra Dance. It makes me wish I lived wherever it is you live and dance! Lovely idea. I like that you prep the template in photoshop and that the drilling sounds very contemplative, were one to give themselves to it that way. Great job!

  8. Ryan says:

    Looks great. Very creative.

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